Manuel Antonio Beachfront and Rainforest Location

Arenas Del Mar is located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica about 2 miles from the nearest airstrip located in the town of Quepos (in the Manuel Antonio area). Quepos is a short 20 minute flight from Costa Rica’s capital of San Jose where international flights land at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Driving from SJO takes about 3 hours.

The resort is situated on a cliff with direct access to two pristine sand beaches: Espadilla Beach and Playitas Beach. Our property overlooks the spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park and is located within walking distance of Costa Rica’s most visited national park.


FlightsThe easiest and fastest way to get to Arenas Del Mar is with a domestic flight on one of our two domestic airlines offering daily flights from San Jose to the nearby small airstrip in Quepos, a short 15 minute ride to Arenas Del Mar. Both airlines – Sansa & Nature Air depart from a small terminal within walking distance of Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. For specific arrival and departure times, please confirm each respective airline’s website or contact us at We will gladly assist you with airline tickets for domestic flights and/or transportation from the airport to Arenas Del Mar. Please note: all domestic flights in Costa Rica are certified as Carbon Neutral and will compensate all carbon emissions emitted by your flight.


Private TransfersIn case you would like to travel by land in a minivan with a private driver, we can gladly arrange airport transfers to and from Arenas del Mar for you. Please provide us with flight details such as time of arrival, flight number and airline as well as number of people in order to confirm the transfer to you. This transfer takes approximately 3 hours (including a stop to see crocodiles in the Tarcoles River on the way) and the cost of it is about $200/per way (please confirm this rate with our reservations department). This amount can be charged to your final bill at the hotel. All of our transfer rates are up to four people and there will be an additional amount charged per additional person.


DrivingDirections from San Jose (about 3 hours mostly on a highway)
Take Route 27 San Jose-Caldera, diverted Coast Highway (Route 34) after Orotina, to continue to Tárcoles, Jacó, Parrita and Quepos finally. Once in Quepos downtown, follow the signs to Manuel Antonio National Park and later the signs to Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort. Before the road starts descending you will see Barba Roja Restaurant, Los Altos Condominiums and Arenas Del Mar sign to your right. Take a right towards Mariposa Hotel and continue for 600 meters down the road until you reach the second left-hand side entrance were you will find another sign. Continue down the hill till the end of the road.

Rent a Car
While driving in Costa Rica can be one of the best ways to explore all the incredible natural spots Costa Rica offers, it’s important to note that the driving conditions in Costa Rica may not be as good as in your country: in some areas you may find very few road signs, dirt roads and many potholes.

If you would like to rent a car, we’ll be glad to assist you. Please contact us

From Quepos to: Approx. Duration
Arenal (Fortuna-San Carlos) 5 – 6 hours
Monteverde 4 – 5 hours
Liberia (LIR) 5 – 6 hours
Tamarindo / Flamingo / Nosara 6 – 7 hours
Jaco / Herradura 1 ½ hours
Puntarenas 2 ½ hours
San Jose (SJO) 3 hours


20141119_arenas_473_smLat: 9.42691
Long: -84.15795
S9° 25′ 36.8754″
W84° 9′ 28.6194″

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